Board Directors

Hamish Reid – A/g Chair


Hamish is the General Manager Nutritionals, at Bega Cheese Limited based in Australia.

Hamish worked in technical and product development roles within Fonterra, holding the position of Global New Product Development Manager – Dairy Foods, before moving to Taiwan on assignment.  In Taiwan and then later in the Philippines Hamish held senior FMCG marketing roles developing a range of categories including adult nutritionals and growing up milk products as well as more mainstream cheese, butter and UHT milk ranges. Following completion of his assignment Hamish joined Tatura Milk Industries, a Bega Cheese Limited company. 

Hamish gained a  MSc in Environmental Microbiology from Canterbury University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology from Massey University and has completed the Stanford University Executive Program in the Silicon Valley.

Hamish was elected as a Director to the Board of the Infant Nutrition Council on 10 November 2015, representing the Associate members. 

He was elected as Deputy Chair in February 2017.

Nigel King

Nigel King is Group Marketing Manager – Infant Nutrition, Heinz Wattie’s Ltd – an H J Heinz Company - based in New Zealand.  Nigel’s expertise is marketing, consumer insights and sales. His previous positions have included marketing roles for Lion NZ and Kerry Foods in the UK, as well as a variety of technical and commercial roles with Fonterra in NZ and in the Philippines. Nigel has also taken a sabbatical from his career to be a stay at home dad with his two young children prior to joining Heinz Wattie’s. Nigel gained his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from Canterbury University, and his Post Graduate Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology from Massey University

Xavier Payrard 

Xavier is the Business Executive Officer Australia New-Zealand Infant Nutrition at Nestlé. Xavier joined the INC Board in July 2017.

Shareef Khan


Shareef Khan is the Chief Operations Officer at The a2 Milk Company.

Shareef joined The a2 Milk Company in June 2012 and is responsible for providing strategic leadership in group operations across all a2 markets. He has over 15 years senior management experience and leads a dedicated team across The a2 Milk Company globally. He has experience in various industries some of which include FMCG and Infant nutrition.

 During his career, he has held senior leadership roles including Supply Chain Director for Danone (Nutricia) Infant Nutrition ANZ. Shareef holds a Bachelor of Science, Post graduate Certificate in management and is a Certified Supply Chain Professional with APICS.

 Leon Clement


Leon is an executive with a track record of leading strong performance improvements and strategic change in FMCG companies in New Zealand and Asia.

He has a strong balance of strategic commercial acumen and people leadership. Leon believes in building great businesses by growing great people and teams with clarity and focus around a shared vision.

His specialist competencies are change management, sales and marketing leadership, and FMCG manufacturing and distribution. Leon has worked in New Zealand, Vietnam and Sri Lanka with a focus on consumer and foodservice FMCG sectors. 

Patricia Demopoulos

 Patricia is the Field Sales and Marketing Director at Aspen Nutritional, and was appointed to the INC Board in 2016.

Edson Higo

Edson is the General Manager at Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition. He has broad experience in the Pharmaceutical and Nutrition Industries with leading position in Marketing and Sales in Brazil and currently as General Manager in Australia and New Zealand.

 Roger Schwarzenbach

Roger is the General Manager of Innovation and Technical Services at Synlait Milk, based in Rakaia New Zealand. Roger was appointed to the INC Board in May 2017.

 Karl Ye



Karl was born in the Liaoning Province of China and attained his master degree in international economics at Wuhan University. In 1992, Karl migrated to Australia with his wife Sonia who went on to complete her own PHD studies in Public Health at the University of NSW. Karl worked in a few industries before embarking on his own business in 1994, exporting natural nutritional products. This was the beginning of GMP Pharmaceuticals, which he later expanded to New Zealand in 2001. Karl Ye is the chairman of GMP group and managing director of GMP Dairy Ltd. 

Karl was elected as a Director to the Board of the Infant Nutrition Council on 10 November 2015, representing the Associate members.